Monday, August 24, 2020

Trump Announces Emergency Authorization of Plasma Treatment for COVID-19; Make That Two: Dr. Birx Says Voting In Person Will Be Safe, and Other C-Virus Updates

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Trump announces emergency authorization of plasma treatment for COVID-19:
President Trump on Sunday announced that the Food and Drug Administration had issued an emergency authorization for convalescent plasma as a coronavirus treatment.
The designation will make it easier for some COVID-19 patients to obtain the treatment, as clinical trials and studies continue.
“Today’s action will dramatically expand access to this treatment,” Trump said at a press conference with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and the director of the Food and Drug Administration, Stephen Hahn.
Blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 is rich in antibodies and may help those battling the disease.
Sunday’s announcement comes after the FDA last week halted an emergency approval for the approach to allow for more data to be reviewed. --->READ MORE HERE
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Make That Two: Dr. Birx Says Voting In Person Will Be Safe:
Americans have voted in person during every conceivable circumstance including pandemics. We event voted in person successfully during the Civil War.
A week ago, White House COVID task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said voting in person for this November’s election will be safe as long as masks and distancing are used.
“I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case,” he told ABC News’ Deborah Roberts during a National Geographic event Thursday.
Fauci compared the safety of casting a ballot in person to that of an in-person shopping trip to the grocery store in “counties and cities that are doing it correctly.”
“They have X’s every six or more feet,” he added. “And it says, ‘Don’t leave this spot until the person in front of you left their spot.’ And you can do that, if you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that.” --->READ MORE HERE
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